Archive for September 2017

Signs of Progress at 3619 Georgia Avenue

September 29, 2017

Last night I noticed that the buildings at 3619 Georgia Avenue appear to be in the process of coming down. The project approved for the site has been in the works since 2014. It is encouraging to see progress at Georgia and Princeton after all this time. However, the site was originally built as a gas station so I’m curious to see if any underground tanks still exist on the site.

Sidewalk Safety Measures Should be in Every Neighborhood

September 28, 2017

Section of sidewalk with ground corners.

While walking around Park View and Columbia Heights, I frequently find sections of raised sidewalk that are trip hazards. Yet, I’ve noticed while walking around in the Adams Morgan area that many of the raised corners that were once trip hazards have been ground down (see example at right).

The more I consider the different treatment of how sidewalks are made safe in Ward 1, the more I think that the efforts to make Adams Morgan sidewalks safe need to be rolled out to every neighborhood. I’ll be advocating with the city to either grind down or replace the unsafe sidewalks areas in our section of the Ward 1.

 

 

ANC1A Supports Extention of PUD for 3321-3335 Georgia Avenue

September 27, 2017

The Vue as proposed for the southeast corner of Georgia and Morton.

On September 13, 2017, ANC1A voted unanimously (resolution here) to support a third extension of the approved Planned Unit Development that has been in the works for the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street since late 2010. The hold up on the project has been the removal of underground storage tanks that served the site when it was a Sunoco gas station. The tanks leaked and the parties are working with the Department of Energy and the Environment to establish an approved work plan for remediation.

As the amount of remediation has a direct impact on the construction of the building’s foundation, the owner has been unable to apply for the building permit — triggering the request for an extension. There has also been two owners of the property, the Neighborhood Development Company originally and Zuckerman Gravely following the first PUD extension.

At the ANC meeting, the conversation centered on three areas of concern, 1) the environmental issues, 2) the community benefits, and 3) the timeline of the project.

As the Commission considered the issues, there was quickly consensus that the shortest path to a new building would be an extension and that the environmental issues would be addressed by the construction process. Furthermore, the soil contamination is not currently a hazard to any of the businesses operating at the strip mall on the property.

It was also agreed by the ANC and property owner that the original community benefit approved for the PUD was no longer possible and agreed to enter into an agreement to renegotiate the benefits agreement prior to the start of construction or breaking of ground. As the project no longer has an approved amenity, it is in the best interest of the developer to begin working with the ANC to address this shortcoming. This is especially true as the building would be unable to get a Certificate of Occupancy for the building without delivering an appropriate community amenity.

With these issues considered and upon reviewing the materials relevant to the case, ANC1A believed that the environmental and remediation issues which have delayed this project and necessitated an extension request should be resolved in the coming months. Due to this the Commission voted to support the case but also decided that it would not favorably consider any future extension applications of this matter.

Meeting to Share Updates on Park View School Kitchen, Cafeteria, and Parking Lot Projects Next Tuesday

September 26, 2017

The DC Public Schools, DC Dept. of General Services, Shinberg.Levinas Architects, and Winmar Construction will be at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View school for a public meeting to share updates on the kitchen, cafeteria, and parking project. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 3, 2017, at 6:30PM  in the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Annual Soldiers Home Fall Fun Fest Scheduled for Sunday

September 25, 2017

The annual Friends of the Soldiers Home Fall Fun Fest is schedule for Sunday, October 1st. See flyer below for details and visit their Website for updates.

Park View Block Party on Otis Place Tomorrow

September 22, 2017

The annual Park View Block Party is Saturday, September 23rd, and sponsored by the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition!

They’ll have food, music, a bounce house and games for kids, and great opportunities to meet your neighbors!

WHAT: Park View Block Party!
WHERE: 600 Block of Otis Pl., NW (between Warder St. and Park Pl.) – the entire block will be closed off for the event!
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 3pm-7pm
WE’LL HAVE: Food, music, a bounce house for kids, and more!

All are welcome to bring a dish to share with neighbors, a chair to sit and relax, games, or just yourself and your family!

Junk & Jam in Columbia Heights on Saturday

September 22, 2017

This Saturday (September 23rd) is Junk and Jam in Columbia Heights, a day full of great community activities! It is a great chance to get out, meet people in the community, and help improve public safety by getting to know neighbors! The day begins with a multi-family yard sale that will stretch along Monroe Street from 16th Street to Sherman Avenue starting at 10 AM on Saturday, September 23rd. Afterwards, there is a Community Engagement Event starting at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (the fountain @ 14th & Park). It will feature FREE live music, a variety of District agencies, and neighbors!!

Music will be provided by our very own local talent: Cosmic Music Collective, Jim Fey, and Nebraska! While enjoying great music, come by and visit with District agencies and civic groups to learn more about the services our city has to offer. Meet with representatives from: Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. 3D, District of Columbia Office on Aging, Department of Energy & Environment, and MORE!!

The flyer is below:


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